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Take the long way Rome

My guess is that I was introduced to Mozart’s final opera seria, La Clemenza di Tito, the same way that most of us were via the release by Deutsche Grammophon of Jean-Pierre Ponnelle’s film version which immortalized his famous Salzburg production. By the time I got around to seeing it (on Laserdisc, remember those?) I was already familiar with M. Ponnelle’s  production style with the crumbling edifices and ersatz 18th century costumes.  Read more »

I’m every diva, it’s all in me

Camille: “It’s very Anne Fontaine does Carmencita Hits the Streets.”

You only thought calla lilies were suitable to every occasion! La Cieca, fashion arbiter though she may be, cannot figure out what is going on with this day-to-evening (and then some) look Sonya Yoncheva is flaunting. Read more »

Hemisemidemiramide

See, the problem with trying to revive Semiramide today is not the work’s vast length, its superhuman vocal demands, or even that bit of bother about an adorable elderly uncle’s roguish camp humour. The real issue, surely, is competing with the memory of the spectacular casting lavished upon the work during the golden age of the Volpe era.

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One is as one does

On this day in 1970 the musical Coco closed at the Mark Hellinger Theater after 333 performances.   Read more »

Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

West side, east side

Recently, opera showed up at both Mets, the Metropolitan Opera and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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“Schau sie an, ein Gefangener der Gosse”

In a starling last-minute change of programming, the Salzburg Festival has canceled all further performances of the critically-reviled Peter Stein production of Don Carlos. Weltstars Anja Harteros and Jonas Kaufmann will instead perform My Fair Lady (pictured).

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Black tie optional

Congratulations to the winners of the eighth annual F. Paul Driscoll Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence, who were lauded at an impromptu “come as you are” get-together Sunday night at the Plaza.

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Dark side of the moon

Finally some video of Stefan Herheim‘s Salome production shows up on YouTube.

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